Who actually does own this dis-array, into which everything seems to fall?

Compilers are like slot machines.

You press the button, see it work a bit in mysterious ways, and hope for the desired result.

If a different result occurs (as it often does), you fiddle with it, and press the button again.

There should be a compiler setting that makes a coin-drop sound on successful compilation.

Don’t comment out too much code or you trigger the tilt switch!

Using Gmail confidential mode is neither secure nor private. As long as Google can read your emails, its privacy promises will always be disingenuous. Here’s why Gmail’s confidential mode isn’t actually confidential: protonmail.com/blog/gmail-conf

Serious question:
If my current Mastodon instance were to shut down, I will have to make a new account somewhere else.
How would people who follow me know this, unless I can still toot it under my current account?
What happens to my toots? Even if I can download them, how do I sure them in my new account?
Am I missing some fundamental concept here?

The year is 5019. Humans, as we know them, are long gone. The Earth is inhabited chiefly by advanced, sapient machines.

For legacy reasons, everyone's name starts with "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;".

In case you missed it, there's a free open Fediverse alternative to Reddit under construction called Prismo:


You can try the first instance at:



The idea is that each instance is the equivalent of a subreddit, dedicated to a particular topic.

Prismo federates with ActivityPub so you can follow Prismo accounts from Mastodon etc. (The federation isn't completed yet though, so some features are missing.)

#Prismo #Reddit #Alternatives

When you press your empty coffee mug to your ear, you can hear the brewing hisses of the coffee maker

Subtle, inoffensive donation button for Wikimedia in the Wikipedia app.
Not sure about iPhones, but Android has a nifty "pay with Google Pay" feature.

Bonus feature:Button vanishes entirely for six months after you donate 😂

Compiling Rust on Labs is slow.

As in, factor 100 slower than my ageing laptop slow

hello if you still use chrome i gently recommend giving firefox a chance. i gave up on it a few years back but now that i'm using it again i think i'm here to stay. it's not perfect but neither is chrome, and it's actually beating chrome in speed in some areas these days

also google is about to seriously hinder adblocking extensions in favour of letting their own ads and tracking shit slide through


If you valued my privacy, there would be a "Reject" button. Enough with the anti-patterns, please.

Getting a phone call from a robot is far lamer than my child self would ever have imagined.

"Give a man a program, frustrate him for a day.

Teach a man to program, frustrate him for a lifetime.”

-- Muhammad Waseem

Sauron was better at making horcruxes. He only needed to make one since it was so durable.

Voldemort needed to make the equivalent of a RAID array.

#LOTR #HarryPotter

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This Mastodon instance is for people interested in technology. Discussions aren't limited to technology, because tech folks shouldn't be limited to technology either! We adhere to an adapted version of the TootCat Code of Conduct and follow the Toot Café list of blocked instances. Ash is the admin and is supported by Fuzzface, Brian!, and Daniel Glus as moderators. Hosting costs are largely covered by our generous supporters on Patreon – thanks for all the help!